Topps launched its Bowman 2013 Baseball flagship brand on Wednesday, even promising to use MLB Network commercials to promote the product, which hit hobby shops coast-to-coast. Bowman will also be featured in a special trivia segment on MLB Tonight and Bowman will be a sponsor for this year’s MLB Draft on June 6.
Meanwhile, case breakers and collectors were busy ripping into packs just as the Bowman reps were in the MLB Studios. 2013 Bowman Baseball features the first Autographed Chrome cards of the top two draft picks from 2012, Carlos Correa and Bryon Buxton as well as Autographed Chrome cards well-known young stars such as Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker.
We previewed the nuts and bolts of Bowman in this article last fall.
There are five lucky redemptions. #1 will be an autographed Rookie card of Dodgers young pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Lucky Redemption #2-#5 will be announced in the near future.
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1948 Bowman Shout Out
2013 Bowman Baseball features oversized cards of young stars and prospects including Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Dylan Bundy, Carlos Correa, and Bryon Buxton. Each player is showcased on the 1948 Bowman design, complete with a up-close photo and autograph and a Black and White finish.
Two New Inserts
- Bowman Chrome Refractor Minis: Bowman Baseball features the Top 5 prospects on every MLB team with a special chrome mini variation of the base card. Every team’s top prospects will be featured with their ranking on the back of a chrome mini. There are 150 subjects in all and there are three different parallels including a superfractor 1/1 for each.
- 65th Anniversary “Best Bowman Players of all-time” Refractors: Bowman Baseball has been around for 65 years capturing so many of today’s stars before they were stars. To celebrate this rich history, Bowman Baseball will feature the best players ever to be featured in Bowman with an exclusive Blue Sapphire Refractor reprint of their 1st Bowman card design. Look for stars and legends like Willie Mays, Mariano Rivera, Tim Lincecum and Bryce Harper. Collectors will find special autograph versions of the 65th Anniversary “Best Bowman Players of all-time” card featuring their name and the date of their MLB Debut
Bowman Black is an exclusive set of autographed cards on black backgrounds including Carlos Correa, Rio Ruiz and more each signed autos all on card in silver ink. There are 25 subjects in all and each card is sequentially numbered to 25. Bowman Black will be in featured in all of the 2013 Bowman products.
The Bowman Debut Golden Contract returns. Last year Marcel Bilak won a contract with the Bowman Team and has his own card in 2013 Bowman Baseball. This year, there are 25 Bowman Debut Golden Contracts in special hobby boxes of 2013 Bowman Baseball. Each Golden contract guarantees you an autographed baseball from a top prospect and one grand prize winner gets the following:
• Your own baseball card in a 2014 Bowman Baseball
• A Bowman jersey
Among the cards already pulled and listed on eBay were a couple of 1/1 Byron Buxton Printing Plates, an Adam Eaton red auto rookie refractor that's 1/5 (one in every 56,020 packs) and a Black Ice Trevor Story priced at $800.
Here's the Bowman Baseball 2013 Checklist from Topps: